How to Do Puzzle Nail Art

How to Do Puzzle Nail Art

Do you love nail art and want to try a new and impactful design? These puzzle nails are simple to create and will add a creative touch to your look.


  1. Remove any old nail polish. Soak a cotton pad in acetone-free nail polish remover. Rub the cotton pad over the nails until all nail polish is gone.
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  2. Rub your nails with vinegar. It may sound strange but vinegar can help nail polish stay on for a longer period of time. Soak a piece of paper towel with vinegar, and wipe the vinegar onto your nails. Allow to dry (this step is optional but it’s best if you do it).
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  3. Apply a base coat. Warm up the bottle by rolling it in between your hands. Open up the bottle and paint on a thin layer of base coat to prevent the nails from damage.
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  4. Apply a base colour. Decide what colour you’d like; choose wisely, you want this colour to compliment the next colour you use. Paint a thin coat on all of your nails and allow to dry.
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  5. Stick some tape on the nails. Cut two small square pieces and place them diagonally on the nail, leaving two square spaces without tape on the nails.
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  6. Apply a second colour. Paint over the areas with no tape with a thin layer; the colour you chose should compliment your first colour.
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  7. Remove the tape. After you’ve painted over the squares with no tape, remove all the tape quickly; don’t let it dry. You should be left with four squares on your nails.
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  8. Use a dotting tool. Dip a dotting tool into nail polish and add a dot for each box, making sure to connect the dot with the previous box to give a puzzle-like shape.
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  9. Clean up the nails. Dip a small brush in nail polish remover to fix any polish that may have gone on your skin.
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  10. Apply a top coat. Seal in the design with a nice top coat, allow to dry and you’re done!
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  11. Now you can show off your cool nails to the world.
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  • Instead of just using two colours, you can use a wide variety to make your nails look even more cool!
  • Nail polish remover with acetone can be used; however, acetone is a harsh chemical that can lead to future damaged and brittle nails.
  • Use colours depending on the occasion for example: red and green for Christmas or orange and black for Halloween.
  • You can use a bobby pin instead of a dotting tool.

EditThings You’ll Need

  • nail polish
  • nail polish remover
  • dotting tool
  • tape
  • scissors
  • base coat
  • top coat
  • vinegar (optional)

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